Two policemen arrested for alleged extortion at BSI CIQ


JOHOR BARU: Two policemen have been arrested following an allegation of extorting money from a man at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ).

Johor police chief Comm M. Kumar confirmed the arrest, saying the two suspects, aged 32 and 33 respectively, were arrested at around 1.50pm on Friday (April 5).

He added that police had received a report lodged by the 29-year-old victim at around 12.23am on Friday.

“Initial investigation found that the victim was going through immigration clearance at BSI when the two suspects detained him, claiming he had a criminal record.

“The suspects extorted RM2,000 from the victim to avoid being arrested and detained at the police lock-up,” he said in a statement here on Friday.

Comm Kumar also said that the two suspects tested negative for drugs, and the case was being investigated under Section 385 of the Penal Code.

He added that the two suspects would be brought to the magistrate court here to be remanded.

“Johor police is committed to fighting integrity problems and criminal misconduct among officers and personnel in order to increase public confidence in the force.

"Strict action without compromise will be taken against any police officer and personnel who commits a crime based on the principle of equality under the law under Article 8 of the federal constitution," he said.

Earlier, during a press conference organised by Johor MCA youth chief Heng Zhi Li, the victim, who only wanted to be known as Lim, claimed he had been extorted by the two policemen on Tuesday (April 2).

The victim claimed to have been accompanied by one of the suspects to several ATM machines to withdraw money, even though he had stated that there was no money in his two bank accounts.

The victim pretended to suffer an asthma attack after withdrawing RM1,000 at a bank in Taman Pelangi and managed to escape with the help of a local couple passing through the area.

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